Porirua Mar­ket bid process un­der way

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Ten­ders have been called for Porirua’s Satur­day Mar­ket.

A re­port to last Thurs­day’s Te Komiti meet­ing of Porirua City Coun­cil said the mar­ket was an in­te­gral el­e­ment in re­vi­tal­is­ing the city cen­tre.

It has been de­cided to of­fer a three-year term to run a mar­ket, which is op­er­ated now by Ti­tahi Bay Li­ons.

Ten­der doc­u­ments have been pre­sented to the Li­ons and if the club is suc­cess­ful, it must en­ter into a mar­ket­ing agree­ment from July 1.

Porirua deputy mayor ’Ana Cof­fey said the process to con­firm the op­er­a­tor had been a drawn-out one.

‘‘This has been a slow and painful process and I can un­der­stand the frus­tra­tion of the Li­ons,’’ she said. ‘‘It has cre­ated more pain for both par­ties.’’

She asked if the Li­ons would have first crack at se­cur­ing the lease for the space.

The coun­cil’s gen­eral manager of strat­egy and plan­ning, Wendy Walker, said the Li­ons would be in the mix to run the mar­ket.

‘‘We will es­tab­lish whether they meet the cri­te­ria we have es­tab­lished,’’ she said.

Walker said a dead­line of Oc­to­ber 1 would be im­posed to get a ‘‘re­freshed’’ mar­ket up and run­ning.

Ti­tahi Bay Li­ons have run the mar­ket since 1986. Club trea­surer and mar­ket manager John Lin­schoten said re­cently one op­tion be­ing mulled over was mov­ing the mar­ket to an­other lo­ca­tion.

Photo: FAIR­FAX

Al­ways popular: Porirua’s Satur­day Mar­ket have be­come an in­te­gral part of the city over the past three decades.

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